This morning, President Obama will visit Cannon Falls, Minnesota to kick off his economic bus tour. The President is traveling around the Midwest to stress the vital role rural America plays in ensuring the growth of our economy, the affordability of our food, the independence of our energy supply, and the strength of our communities. Cannon Falls, Minnesota, 35 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is the first stop in a three day tour across America’s heartland. President Obama will take questions from small business owners, rural organizations and local families during a town hall beginning at 1:05 pm EDT at Lower Hannah's Bend Park. Tune in to the town hall live at WhiteHouse.gov/live.
President Obama will be the first sitting President to visit the city since the summer of 1928, when President Calvin Coolidge dedicated a memorial to Col. William Colvill, a hero of the Battles of Gettysburg and the leader of the First Minnesota Volunteer Infantry who answered President Lincoln's call for volunteers to help prevent the splintering of the Union. Leading up to President Obama's visit, Cannon Falls Mayor Robby Robinson spoke about the anticipation in the community:
Cannon Falls is excited. We’re a small and proud community, and it’s an honor to have a sitting President visit our town. It will be an honor to say the President came… People want to hear what the President has to say. Even our children are excited.
Fun Fact for Cannon Falls: It is the only city in the world named Cannon Falls.